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Thompson Rents Holds Grand Opening in Hanceville, Ala.

Thu April 27, 2023 - Southeast Edition #9
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Thompson Tractor Co. hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event April 20, 2023, at its new Thompson Rents – Dodge City/Hanceville, Ala., facility.

The event showcased the newly constructed facility and recent opening of the company's newest CAT Rental Store. Local dignitaries, Chamber of Commerce representatives and Thompson Tractor corporate and north Alabama managers turned out in droves to lend their support for their newest full-service rental location.

The event featured giveaways, prize drawings, a catered lunch, machine displays and tents "pitched" by Thompson divisions to provide their customers with information on Thompson's rental products and service offerings.

The facility, which officially opened a month ago, is a brand-new purpose-built facility located just off I-65 off Exit 299 I-65 in southeast Cullman County.

"The reason for this area is that it serves the growing Cullman, Ala., market," said Jimmy Tew, general manager of the Thompson CAT Rental Stores. "We had a good customer, Scotty Hooper of Hooper Enterprises, who had a piece of property here and he made us a good deal on it and encouraged us to be here. It all worked out well."

The property purchase was a total of 11 acres, with 3.5 acres being the actual facility/yard footprint. The building is approximately 7,500 sq. ft. and includes a large shop area, Caterpillar parts storage area and a full hydraulic hose shop for any manufacturer's machine. Some of the regional sales representatives will be based out of this facility, and David Dunagan will be managing this new location.

"Building this facility is part of an overall strategy to place locations within a 30-minute drive time for 70 percent of our customers and locating to Cullman County is an important part of making that happen," said Lucy Thompson Marsh, president. "This location puts us equidistant to our Birmingham headquarters and our Decatur [Ala.] location. We also look toward growing rental product offerings in the future. We're fully committed to the rental business, and therefore are looking to be strategically placed in our territory to support our customer base. That's what today is all about." CEG

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Cutting the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the newest Thompson Rents facility (L-R) are Paige Clabo, Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce; Kenneth Nail, mayor of Hanceville; Lucy Thompson Marsh, president; Charlie Stevens, vice president-sales of Thompson Tractor Co.; Katie Dansby, Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce; and Jimmy Tew, general manager, Thompson Rents.
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(L-R): Local contractors looking over the Cat machines available for rent are Mike Hoglan, Southridge Construction, Hayden, Ala.; Austin Thompson, Latta Plumbing, Gardendale, Ala.; and Michael Hoglan, MCH Electric, Hayden, Ala.
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In addition to Cat machines, this facility carries a vast array and quantity of other brands of rental ready equipment. 
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Toro manufacturer representative Chris Morgan (L) promoted and demonstrated the Toro machines on display to the customers and Thompson staffers in North Alabama.
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On a perfect day a great crowd gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Thompson Rents Hanceville, Ala., rental store. (CEG photo)
Responsible for the construction of the new facility are Tom Birchfield (L) and Sheldon Sumner (R) of Bailey Harris Construction Co., Auburn, Ala. Here, they catch up with Thompson CAT Rental Stores’ General Manager Jimmy Tew at the event.
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The local team that heads up the Hanceville Rental Store (L-R) include Andrew Talley,  David Dunagan, Quentin Killian,  Chris Teer, Andy Whitworth,  Josh Godfrey and JJ Duarte.
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Thompson representatives and their customers come together to talk about the new facility. (L-R) are Marty Lash of Saiia Construction, Birmingham, Ala.; Josh Godfrey and Justin Hays of Thompson Tractor; and Eddie King, also of Saiia Construction.
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Drawing and calling out the winning numbers for a huge variety of door prizes are Jared Pennington (L), Thompson Tractor regional sales and operations manager, and JJ Duarte, Thompson Rents rental representative.
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Enjoying lunch outdoors on a perfect day (L-R) are Eric Hutcheson, earthmoving sales, Thompson Tractor; Philip Ray, Carcel & G Construction, Dodge City, Ala.; Justin Freeman, earthmoving product support, Thompson Tractor; and Wes Hastings, also of Carcel & G Construction, which did the site prep work for this facility.
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Charlie Stevens (L), Thompson vice president of sales, welcomes one of the door prize winners, Stanley Kennedy of the Cullman Economic Development Agency and a huge advocate and contributor to the success of making this branch facility a reality.
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It was a big turnout for a catered lunch and the opportunity to win some amazing prizes. 
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